STABLE staff have a cheesy grin on their faces thanks to a huge donation.
The Kavli Trust, owner of Primula spreadable cheese, gave £25,000 to the Tyne and Wear Riding for the Disabled Association, which is based at Washington Riding Centre, to build two new blocks of stables.
The livery stables will house up to eight new horses, which will give the riding centre an ongoing income to further upgrade the school.
Eileen Curley, from Washington Riding Centre, said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the management and staff of Kavli Ltd. This will make a tremendous difference to our centre.
“We now have the opportunity to introduce new horses into the centre and increase employment prospects for our trainees.
“There will definitely be long-term benefits for our centre and those who ride with us.”
She added: “We cannot thank Kavli enough for all they have done and we wish them all every success in the future.”
Paul Lewney, managing director at Kavli UK, said: “It is a great honour to make donations on behalf of The Kavli Trust, especially as this will make such a difference to the local community who make use of the facilities.
“We are particularly proud that we have been able to make a donation that will enable the Washington Riding Centre to create a new, independent and sustainable source of income that will benefit its members for years to come.”
Opened in 1977 by the Princess Royal, Washington Riding Centre offers horse riding lessons and stable management training for children and adults with a range of physical disabilities and learning difficulties.
Maureen Brown, a Kavli UK employee who nominated the riding centre for a donation from the trust, said: “My husband and I have worked and volunteered with the Washington Riding Centre for many years and we are thrilled that the school has benefited from this generous donation.
“I retire in March after 29 happy years at Kavli. It feels like a wonderful legacy that a company I have loved working for has been able to support such a worthwhile charity, so close to my heart.”